NYC Accommodations

There are few reasonably priced hotels within walking distance to the workshop at 53 East 124th Street. In general, if you can, we recommend trying hotels on the East Side of Manhattan (i.e. if the address has an “East” in front of the street number) as those hotels are near the #4, #5 and #6 trains. The #4, #5, #6 train stop at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue is the closest subway train stop to the workshop. The next closest subway stop is the #2 at 125th Street.

The following is a listing of accommodations from hostels and the YMCA (shared rooms and baths) to reasonably priced hotels, all within a short walking distance to public transportation that will take you to the Workshop location at 53 East 124th Street. The New York City subway is a safe, convenient, and affordable way to get around the city. There are many other accommodations available in the New York City area. In general, hotel prices are less expensive in January, February, and March. And for the summer months especially, it is wise to inquire if the hotel you are seeking has air-conditioning.

Manhattan hotels are notoriously expensive; however, there are many reasonably priced hotels if you know where to look.

Check out Quikbook.com, a booking site that searches out good deals, and also check out www.airbnb.com for more unconventional and inexpensive choices.

When searching for a hotel on quikbook.com or airbnb.com, under “location” choose “Upper East Side” or “East Harlem” to see if you can find a place within walking distance of our workshops.

  • WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE TO THE C3NY WORKSHOP LOCATION

    • Harlem Bed & Breakfast

      ($101 a night and up)
      http://www.harlembedandbreakfast.com 54 West 120th Street
      New York, NY 10035
      (646) 371-9344

      To get to the workshop:
      Walk four blocks north on Madison Avenue. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the workshop.

      Achieve Housing Hotel

      ($125 a night and up)
      http://www.achievehousing.com/guest-rooms 36 East 126th Street (between 5th & Madison Avenues)
      New York, NY 10035
      (917) 723-2720

      “…a housing solution with a “guest house” touch.”

      To get to the workshop:
      Walk one block south. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the workshop.

      Aloft Harlem Hotel

      ($189 a night)
      http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/
      2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
      New York, NY 10027
      (212) 749-4000

      To get to the workshop:
      Walk a few blocks east. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk to the workshop.

      102 Brownstone Boutique Hotel

      ($100 – $175 – Two Night Minimum Preferred )
      http://102brownstone.com/
      102 West 118th Street
      New York, NY 10026
      (212) 662-4223

      stay@102brownstone.com

      To get to the workshop:
      Walk a few blocks east and 6 blocks north. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk to the workshop.

      Mount Morris House Bed & Breakfast

      ($175 and up)
      http://www.mountmorrishouse.com/index.html
      12 Mount Morris Park West
      New York, NY 10027
      (917) 478-6214

      vasilias007@yahoo.com
      To get to the workshop:
      Walk a few blocks east and north. It takes 10-15 minutes to walk to the workshop.

  • HOSTELS AND SHARED ROOMS/BATHS

    • Here is a good resource for New York City hostels:

      http://www.hostelz.com/hostels/USA/New-York/New-York-City

      254 East Vacation

      http://www.254eastvacation.com
      254 East 74th Street
      New York, NY 10021
      (212) 879-8324

      admin@254eastvacation.com

      This is a private apartment that you can rent; very affordable if you are in a group.

      To get to the workshop:
      Take the #4 or #5 subway uptown to 125th Street 96 a 15 min ride of the subway. It’s a 5 minute walk to the workshop once you get off the subway.

      Hostel International, New York (Shared room & bath)

      (under $50/night)
      http://www.hinewyork.org
      891 Amsterdam Avenue
      New York, NY 10025-4403
      (212) 932-2300

      To get to the workshop:
      Either take the M60 bus which originates at 106th Street and Broadway (35 minute bus ride to workshop) or get to 96th Street and Broadway, and take the #2 train north to 125th Street. 10 minute walk from there to the workshop. Allow 45 minutes to get to workshop from the Hostel International.

      Guest Rooms at the Vanderbilt YMCA (Shared bath)

      ($72 and up/night)

      http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/guest-rooms/vanderbiltrooms
      224 East 47th St
      New York, NY 10017

      (212) 875-4273
      (917) 441-8800

      ecolon@ymcanyc.org

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow the directions for the #4 or #5 train. Catch the train 5 blocks away at Grand Central Station (42nd Street & Lexington Ave). It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

  • PRIVATE ROOMS/SHARED BATHS

    • The Pod Hotel (Shared or private bath)

      ($169 and up/night)

      http://www.thepodhotel.com

      230 East 51st Street

      New York, NY 10022

      (212) 355-0300

      Toll free US: 1 (800) 742-5945

      Toll free Canada: 1 (800) 874-0074

      info@thepodhotel.com

      To get to the workshop:

      Follow the directions for the #6 train. Catch the train 2 blocks away at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue. It will take 25 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

      The Hayden Hotel/Park 79 (Shared or private bath)

      ($169 and up/night)

      http://www.haydenhall.com/

      117 West 79th Street

      New York, NY 10024

      (866) 3-PARK79

      (212) 787-3300

      info@park79hotel.com

      To get to the workshop:

      Follow the directions for the #1 train. Catch the train one block away at 79th Street & Broadway. It takes 25 minutes to the workshop once on the train.

      Hotel 31 (Shared or private bath)

      ($130 and up/night)

      http://www.hotel31.com

      120 East 31st Street

      (between Lexington & Park Avenues)

      New York, NY 10016

      (212) 6853060

      hotel31@verizon.net

      To get to the workshop:

      Follow directions for the #4, #5 or #6 train. Catch the train a few blocks away. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

      Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York Guest Rooms (all private baths)

      ($135 and up/night)

      http://www.utsnyc.edu/page.aspx?pid=520

      Broadway at 121st Street

      New York, NY 10027

      (212) 280-1313

      landmark@uts.columbia.edu

      To get to the workshop:

      An Approximately 20-30 minute walk from the workshop. Or take the M60 bus, which stops just across the street; 20 minutes on the bus.

      Carlton Arms (shared or private bath)

      ($80 and up/night)

      www.carltonarms.com

      160 East 25th St

      New York, NY 10010

      artbreakhotel@aol.com

      An unusual and interesting choice for the budget minded, a unique Art Hotel. See website for more information.

      To get to the workshop:

      Follow directions for the #6 train. Catch the train a few blocks away at 23rd Street & Park Avenue. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

      212-679-0680

  • MODERATELY PRICED HOTELS

    • Opera House Hotel

      ($169 and up/night)
      http://www.operahousehotel.com/
      Email: reservations@operahousehotel.com

      436 East 149 Street
      Bronx, NY 10455
      (718) 407-2800
      (718) 407 2828 FAX

      The Opera House Hotel is a non-smoking boutique-style hotel, located in the heart of the South Bronx. The hotel is located just one block from the #2 and #5 express lines at the 3rd Avenue – 149th Street subway station, which provides guests with fast and easy access to Manhattan and neighboring boroughs of New York City. Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily for all guests, and tea and coffee can be found on the mezzanine level twenty-four hours a day.

      To get to the workshop:

      Take the #5 subway to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.  Walk one block west and one block south to the workshop location. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train. Alternately, take a taxicab to the workshop.

      Hotel Grand Union

      ($175 and up/night)
      http://www.hotelgrandunion.com/
      34 East 32nd Street
      New York, NY 10016
      (212) 683-5890

      contactus@hotelgrandunion.com

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow directions for the #6 train. Catch the train a few blocks away at 33rd Street & Lexington Avenue. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

      Park Savoy

      ($115 and up/night)
      http://parksavoyhotel.com/
      158 W 58th St
      New York, NY 10019
      (212) 245-5755
      parksavoy@aol.com

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow directions for the #1 train – get the train one block and half away at Columbus Circle and 59th Street. It takes 25 minutes to the workshop once on the train.

      Belnord Hotel

      ($110 and up/night)
      http://www.belnord.com

      209 West 87th Street
      New York, NY 10024
      (212) 873-5222

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow the directions for the #1 train. Catch the train two blocks away at 86th Street & Broadway. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

      New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania

      ($170 and up/night; can sometimes find specials)
      http://www.hotelpenn.com
      401 Seventh Avenue (at 33rd St.)
      New York, NY 10001-2062
      (212) 736-5000

      Toll free: 1 (800) 223-8585

      info@hotelpenn.com
      reservations@hotelpenn.com

      This is an excellent, large, full service hotel which is centrally located and is a good choice for first time visitors to the city. Many languages are spoken.

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow the directions for the #2 or #3 train. Catch the train directly across the street at Penn Station. It will take 25 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

      General Inquiries

      Washington Square Hotel

      (rooms from $175 and up and includes continental breakfast)
      http://washingtonsquarehotel.com
      103 Waverly Place
      New York, NY 10011-9194
      (212) 777-9515
      Toll free: 1 (800) 222-0418
      reservations@wshotel.com
      This is a beautiful hotel with a restaurant. Prices are lower in January, February, & March.

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow directions for the #4 or #5 trains. It takes 25-30 minutes to the workshop once on the train.

      Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue

      ($175 and up/night)
      http://hotel373.com/
      373 Fifth Avenue
      New York, NY 10016

      (212) 213-3388

      Toll Free: (888) 382-7111

      info@hotel373.com

      To get to the workshop:
      Follow directions for the #1 or #2 trains. Walk two blocks west on 34th Street to get to the train. Once on the train it takes 25 minutes to the workshop.

      Checkout this website for five more hotels: http://www.applecorehotels.com/
      (Rooms start from around $150 and up; the best location for the workshop is the Ramada Inn Eastside)

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    Traveling to New York City

    Airports
    New York City is served by three major airports:

    LaGuardia (physically the closest) in Queens
    http://www.ny.com/transportation/airports/LGA.html

    JFK International in Brooklyn
    http://www.ny.com/transportation/airports/JFK.htm

    Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey

    http://www.ny.com/transportation/airports/NWK.html

    All the airports have easy access to Manhattan either via taxi, express bus, train, subway and/or other public transportation. Travel time into mid-town Manhattan from any of the airports, depending on mode of travel and time of day, can take from 30 to 90 minutes. For specific information, the following website will give you all the information you need:

    http://www.ny.com/transportation/airports/

    Subways & Buses
    Subways and most buses run 24 hours, 7 days a week. There are 25 subway lines designated either by a route number or a letter. These serve 468 stations along 714 miles of track. There are more than 5,800 air-conditioned cars that can take you almost anywhere in the city faster than a taxi at a fraction of the cost. The subways run every 2-5 minutes during the rush hour and 10-15 minues at other times There are more than 4,300 air-conditioned buses on over 200 routes to almost anywhere in New York City. Bus stops are located about every 2 blocks on street corners.

    Metrocard
    There is a flat subway/bus fare, no matter how long you ride. This is payable with the convenient MetroCard, a prepaid, discounted card that offers free transfers from bus to subway, subway to bus, or bus to bus within two hours of the beginning of the ride. The MetroCard may be purchased at MetroCard vending machines in subway stations or in neighborhood stores. There are various types of cards, with different discounts and time periods of use, all of which are explained on the vending machines. A MetroCard may not be purchased on a bus. Buses also still accept fares in cash, but it must be exact change, in coinage only, no bills.
    More Information
    For bus and subway travel directions, call (718) 330-1234 or visit the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) website at www.mta.info.

    See also the New York City Travelogue video on our Gallery page: http://c3ny.org/gallery/

    New York City Facts

    The Five Boroughs

    New York City has five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island They are linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, and ferries. Manhattan is an island and the center of New York City. It is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles at its widest. Except at its southern and northern tips, it has avenues that run north and south, and streets that run east and west. Traffic is generally one way going east on even-numbered streets and west on odd-numbered streets.

    Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan into the East Side and the West Side. Twenty north-south blocks equal approximately one mile. If you are on 23rd Street and you want to go to 59th Street, you are traveling uptown to get to midtown Manhattan.

    Tipping

    The standard tip is 15-20% in restaurants and for taxis. A hotel porter generally receives $1.00 per bag and the doorman generally receives $1.00 for hailing a taxi.

    Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited in indoor public spaces including restaurants and bars, except registered cigar bars. Smoking is also prohibited in taxis, on buses, and on the subways.

    Taxis

    Yellow medallion taxis can be hailed on the street or found at taxi stands at major hotels or transporation hubs. A taxi driver seeking a passenger turns on the central portion of the outside roof light; if the light is not on, the taxi is not available.

    Telephone Area Codes

    New York City has five telephone area codes: (212) and (646) for Manhattan; (347) and (718) for Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; and (646) and (917) for all citywide cellular phones. All calls, even within the same area code, require dialing 1, and then the area code, and telephone number.

    Useful Telephone Numbers

    Police, fire, ambulance – EMERGENCY: 911

    Directory assistance: 411 or 555-1212